Lionhearted Events was born out of a movement in the wedding industry to embrace individuality and challenge traditional norms. For the last 50 years weddings have been 'exclusive'- you had roses and chair sashes and paid thousands for a plated dinner in a ballroom because that's just what you were 'supposed' to do. Now we're not sure about you, but to us being told what to do sounds like a drag! If you like ballrooms- that's great, but if you don't- get married in an old fire station, a theater, by a waterfall, in a converted factory- heck, you can even get married in your favorite dive bar (yes, it's happened)! The possibilities are endless- so that's where we come in! We're wedding planners for the not-so-traditional couple.
Lionhearted Events is a full service wedding planning, design and coordination firm based in Chicago, IL serving Chicago, Atlanta, and Brooklyn. We specialize in creating custom tailored events reflective of the individual styles of our clients and ensuring seamless coordination throughout the entire planning process. No matter what inspires you, let us create an experience for you and your guests unrivaled by any other.
Grace is the owner and Lead Planner at Lionhearted Events. After a stint on the political scene she found her true passion was for planning and designing unforgettable events! Grace has a Bachelors from the University of Central Florida and is a Certified Wedding Planner through the University of Georgia. After working under some of Atlanta's premiere planners she is now putting her own creative stamp on the Chicago wedding scene!
When she's not planning weddings you can find Grace catching a show at Empty Bottle or roaming around the Logan Square Farmer's market in search of the week's best finds!
Aesthetic: Wild, creative, organic
Dream Wedding: The Beatles LOVE themed! Complete with blush gown and absinthe tasting bar. (if this is your dream too we need to be best friends, ASAP!)
Favorite Flower: Poppies or greenery- PLENTY of greenery!
Least favorite: Roses
Nicci is a South Florida transplant turned Humboldt aficionado and serves as a Wedding Coordinator at Lionhearted Events. She comes to us from the great wide world of radio and concert production - if you're a fan of alternative music and you've gone to any station sponsored shows around town, chances are you've already had some first hand experience with her handiwork! She's big into logistics and not afraid to take on anyone who gets the way of your perfect day!
Always stylish but not quite the girly-girl, you can usually find Nicci at CC Ferns pounding out emails, or sipping on bourbon around town with the gals.
Sarah is a West Loop girl trapped in Wicker Park and serves as a Wedding Coordinator for Lionhearted Events. Formerly a florist and by far the most feminine of the Lionhearted team, she'll talk your ear off about peonies all day if you let her. She may have gotten into weddings for all things pretty but her knack for details and ability to charm the socks off of even the most stubborn of vendors (or maybe even future mother in laws?) makes her a great asset to any wedding.
When she's not submersed in the wedding world you can usually find her running around Pulaski Park with her German Shepard, Rossi or crying over the pork belly benedict at Mott St. (literally, she cries).
Aerial is a north Georgia peach and serves as our Atlanta Wedding Planner for Lionhearted Events. She is originally from Canton, GA and earned an Accounting degree from Kennesaw State University. Far from what you'd expect from an accountant, Aerial is bursting with energy and is always the life of the party. She is by far the most detail oriented member of Lionhearted Events and doesn't have any issue keeping you on your toes!
When she isn't planning events you can find Aerial hiking mountain trails with her husband or at any of the various music festivals throughout the Southeast!
"I feel like everyone says that their wedding day is so stressful because they want everything to be perfect, but I can honestly say that ours was perfect, and I wasn't stressed for a second of it because Grace kept us all in the loop, but communicated everything for us. She was invaluable, and if I can recommend any vendor from my wedding, she is the person I would pick as number 1 most important. Hire her. Your day will be amazing for more than just the fact that you are marrying the love of your life--all that time and work you put into planning will actually go the way you want it to, and you can remember every second of it thanks to her tireless effort and work and kindness."
"Our wedding day was beyond PERFECT. Aerial and her assistant made the whole day run smoothly. They were both so attentive and made my husband and I feel so comfortable. We were able to just relax and enjoy our day. The decor looked AMAZING and all our guests had a great time. THANK YOU Aerial and the rest of the team at Lionhearted. You really saved our day and gave us the most perfect, loved filled, beautiful wedding day! Our friends and family can't stop raving about it!"
"Grace planned my daughter's bridal shower and wedding. I couldn't have imagined things turning out any more beautiful than they did. Grace listened to what my daughter wanted and exceeded all our expectations. The wedding was a vintage theme with so much class thanks to all the extra touches Grace added. People are still talking about my daughter's wedding even almost a year later. But what really matters is my daughter said, "It was THE perfect day she dreamed of." That was all I needed to hear and to highly recommend Grace and Lionhearted Events!"